A beautiful smile can light up one’s whole face and is one of the first things that others will notice about a person. Any imperfection about the smile, no matter how small or how seemingly inconspicuous it may be, can have a significantly negative impact on the overall aesthetics of the smile – and can actually make a person look less attractive in an instant.
There are a number of cosmetic dentistry treatment options that can be used to improve the appearance of a smile, depending on which aspect will need to be addressed. These treatments can even be used to improve not only the aesthetics of one’s smile but also to improve the function of the teeth and overall dental health.
What are instant veneers and what can they treat. In this article, we discuss the options.
Problems Addressed by Composite Instant Veneers
Decayed or Damaged Teeth – Teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay can be improved with the help of composite veneers. The veneers offer a cost-effective solution to the improvement of both the aesthetic and functional aspects of damaged teeth.
Crooked Teeth – Composite veneers can improve the appearance of crooked or improperly aligned teeth so that one’s smile looks more natural and more beautifully aligned. The veneers offer faster teeth alignment results compared to orthodontic treatment. Unsightly spaces between teeth can also be remedied with composite veneers.
Misshapen Teeth – Irregularly shaped or misshapen teeth can be improved with composite veneers, to bring about a better-looking smile. Discoloured or Stained Teeth – Stains and discolourations on the surface of teeth, especially those that are resistant to teeth whitening procedures, can be addressed with composite veneers. The custom-made shells will be placed on top of the affected teeth to improve the overall appearance.
What are Instant Veneers?
Put simply instant veneers are the same as dental bonding. This is a modern dental technique using ultra-modern technology where your dentist will apply a small amount of tooth-coloured ‘composite’ material to your deficient tooth. This material is bonded to the surface of your tooth with a special etching process and then the composite is set or ‘cured’ with high powered light.
Composite veneers provide effective and reliable solutions to some of the most pressing cosmetic dentistry problems that need to be addressed, in the quest to have a vastly improved smile.
Also called direct veneers, composite veneers are custom-made shells that are made of a composite material; these shells are used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that have damage, discolourations, stains, unsightly gaps, or are improperly aligned. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be created chair-side by the dentist, so that the aesthetic improvements on the teeth can be completed in a single dental visit; porcelain veneers are created in a laboratory, and will usually need two to three dental appointments to be completed.
The advantages are simple and easy to understand and include:
It’s a quick process that can often be done in an hour for simple corrections. Composite veneers are created chair-side by the dentist, so the treatment can be finished in a single dental visit. There is no need to wait for the veneers to be finished by a laboratory, as in the case of a porcelain veneer treatment – which takes two to three visits to be completed.
One appointment required, regular veneers require at least 2
Often no dental injection is required
Confidence boosting as troublesome teeth can be quickly treated
The composite veneers procedure requires very little or no reduction (through drilling) of the teeth structure, making it minimally invasive; the minimally invasive procedure also ensures that the healthy tooth structure is preserved.
The composite veneer treatment is more cost-effective compared to the use of porcelain veneers; this is because there is no need for invasive drilling procedures, and also because of the fewer visits to the dentist required.
Composite bonding (also sometimes called “direct veneers” or “plastic veneers”) is a tooth-coloured plastic resin material. Bonding can usually be placed in one visit and is used many times to repair a smaller chip in a tooth or to make aesthetic improvements in more than one tooth. Bonding usually requires little to no tooth reduction or anaesthesia. Because they are made out of porcelain in a lab, porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic in terms of the spectrum of colours, realism and translucency. Porcelain veneers are also more of a long-term solution than bonding, as they do not stain, discolour, and are stronger than bonding. Porcelain veneers usually require only a couple of office visits – the first visit to prepare the teeth and the second to seat the veneers.
Major flaws in teeth can’t be treated with bonding or instant veneers however small minor dental imperfections are normally pretty easy to treat this way.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which tooth-coloured composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It’s called bonding because of the material bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work, such as fixing a broken or chipped tooth or closing small gaps between teeth. Dental bonding is also used as a tooth-coloured filling for small cavities because it’s more cosmetically appealing than silver fillings.
Bonding is a technique similar to veneers. Instead of using a porcelain facing, a tooth-coloured filling material (composite resin) is chemically and mechanically bonded to the tooth giving the appearance of straight teeth.
Bonding enables us to:
– Close spaces between your teeth
– Lengthen small or misshapen teeth
– Whiten stained or darkened teeth
– A single tooth can be shaped and coloured, or your entire smile can be changed!
When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, bonding can protect them from damage and restore their original look. Bonding your teeth with resin is a one-appointment procedure:
Teeth Bonding Procedure
Preparation. Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anaesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, the tooth needs to be drilled to change its shape, or the chip is near the nerve. We will use a shade guide to select a composite resin colour that will closely match the colour of your tooth.
The bonding process. We will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a conditioning liquid. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-coloured, putty-like resin is applied, moulded, and smoothed to the desired shape. The material is hardened with a bright (usually blue) light or laser. After the material hardens, your dentist will further trim and shape it, then polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Time to completion. Teeth bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Once in place, bonded restorations are very strong. Bonding can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth, resulting in a more beautiful, natural-looking smile!
However, because of some of the limitations of dental bonding, some dentists view it as best suited for small cosmetic changes, for short-term correction of cosmetic problems, and for correcting teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (front teeth, for example). Talk to us about the best cosmetic approach for you.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is less expensive than veneers, but it also has drawbacks.
Advantages of dental bonding include:
Cost. The average cost of dental bonding ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth. But many dental insurance plans cover most of the cost of bonding, particularly when it is done for structural reasons or to fill a cavity.
Speed. Dental bonding typically requires only one office visit. The entire process can be accomplished in 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Ease. Anaesthesia is usually not necessary unless bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Compared to veneers and crowns, dental bonding also requires the least amount of enamel removal.
Disadvantages of dental bonding include:
Bonding material can become stained. Unlike crowns and porcelain veneers, dental bonding has a tendency to become discoloured over time. Coffee, tea, red wine, and cigarette smoke can stain the material used in dental bonding, making it stand out from the rest of your teeth. To minimize staining, you’ll need to avoid these substances for 24 to 48 hours after bonding is first performed. If you’re a smoker, you’ll want to choose a different cosmetic dentistry treatment. Because bonding material is porous, it will yellow from exposure to cigarette smoke.
Less durable. Additionally, the material used in dental bonding isn’t as strong and long-lasting as porcelain veneers and crowns. It can easily chip. With proper care though, dental bonding can last three to seven years.
When Dental Bonding is a Good Choice
If you have a minor cosmetic dentistry issue — such as a cracked or discolored tooth, a gap between your teeth, or silver fillings that show when you smile — dental bonding may help.
Dental bonding is also used in cosmetic dentistry to reshape or recontour teeth. In contrast to veneers and bleaching, however, dental bonding can’t be used to whiten your entire smile. Dental bonding can also be appropriate as “white fillings” for small cavities in teeth that are not exposed to excessive force when chewing, but the material used in dental bonding may not be durable enough for large cavities.
Maintenance of Dental Bonding
Because dental bonding is more susceptible to staining and chipping than other forms of cosmetic dentistry, special care is required to keep your bonded teeth looking natural. Here are some tips to keep your dental bonding in tip-top shape:
Cut down on coffee, tea, and red wine.
If you’re a smoker, this is a good reason to quit — not to mention that smoking also increases your risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
Since dental bonding can chip easily, avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects, such as ice, pencils, and raw carrots.
Call us if you notice sharp edges or if your teeth feel strange when you bite down. If necessary, dental bonding can be repaired or touched up.
Because dental bonding does take some artistic skill for optimal cosmetic results, it’s important to choose a dentist experienced with the procedure. Don’t hesitate to ask to see before and after photos of your dentist’s previous dental bonding patients.
Dental bonding isn’t appropriate in every situation, but it can be a quick and relatively inexpensive way to improve your smile. And feeling good about the appearance of your teeth can help you maintain good dental health.
If you need Dental Bonding and Composite Veneers, Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne on 9629-7664 for all your General and Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment services
There’s no worse feeling than coming to the realization that you have damaged something as permanent as a tooth. As everlasting as we believe our teeth to be, things do happen. The important thing to remember is that in the event of a cracked or chipped tooth, a gapped smile, or even decayed, amalgam-filled, disproportioned teeth, all can be rectified thanks to direct composite dental bonding in our Dental Clinic in Melbourne
As one options of cosmetic dentistry procedures, direct composite Dental bonding is versatile, correcting any number of problems with your smile. Utilizing a putty-like material that can be shaped and formed in whichever way necessary, direct composite dental bonding is cemented or bonded to the tooths visible surface; the application hidden to the naked eye given the ability of our cosmetic dentist to match said bonding to the color of your entire set of teeth. The end result is a beautiful smile!
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the application of a strong, natural-looking resin onto the surface of damaged teeth. Whether your teeth are stained, cracked or mildly misaligned, cosmetic dental bonding can often be used to quickly restore a beautiful smile. The bonding materials act as a replacement for missing enamel and dentin, providing durable protection and enhancement for your teeth. We matches the composite resin to the rest of your teeth to seamlessly blend in and cover any imperfections. Before you know it, you can have the smile you’ve been waiting for!
Once an approach is established for reaching your desired results, we will begin the procedure. The surface of your damaged teeth are first prepared with a solution, creating an area ideal for bonding. After the material is color blended to match the rest of your teeth, we layers and sculpts it on the prepared teeth. Once in place, the resin is hardened under a special light for lasting results. Finally, we buffs the dental bonding material to reveal a shining, natural-looking new smile.
Dental bonding is most often used for minor imperfections of teeth. The most common way dental bonding is used is to fix a chipped or cracked tooth. The dental bonding resin rebuilds the damaged tooth, and seamlessly restores the patient’s smile to its natural state. Before recommending the procedure,we gives a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth and determines the type of bonding to use. Patients who are eligible for dental bonding can expect a swift and painless procedure.
Bonding is an alternative to veneers, and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.
Things to consider with Cosmetic Dental Bonding
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.
Here are the detailed pros and cons of bonding versus veneers, crowns and similar options – all of which you should discuss with your dentist to determine whether the treatment is right for you.
Dental bonding is a great option if you have minor flaws affecting your front teeth. It can be an economical solution for issues such as stained or chipped teeth and is less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Dental bonding is ideal because:
It can be mixed to match your teeth’s color.
The dentists blend composite resin to make the color as closely to the actual color of the patient’s teeth as possible. This makes bonding subtle and esthetically pleasing.
It’s much cheaper than most dental restorations.
Bonding usually costs around $300-$600 depending on the amount of damage, location and the dental practitioner. Compared to veneers and crowns, it is much more affordable. Most insurance policies also cover for dental bonding costs when the dentists use it for fillings or other similar restorations. .
It can be done in a single clinic visit.
Because the treatment does not require impressions of your tooth, you will not need to go back for a second visit. Instead, the dentist can complete the procedure within one or two hours. If you have several teeth that need treatment, it may take longer or the dentist may choose to divide treatment between two appointments. However, for the most part bonding is quick and easy.
It doesn’t require anesthetics.
Bonding doesn’t cause any discomfort, unless the dentists need to clean and fill a cavity. Shallow cavities don’t need anesthetics, either. If you don’t feel any discomfort while the dentist cleans your infection, you can get bonding without any issues. For deep cavities, dentists often use a local anesthetic to remove the pain while they extract decay.
It’s not invasive.
Dental bonding doesn’t require any kind of cutting, slicing or any other procedure that can be invasive or scary.
It preserves healthy tooth material.
Unlike crowns and veneers where a some amount of tooth enamel is trimmed off, dental bonding doesn’t require any trimming. As long as the area doesn’t have any decay inside, the dentist can cover it without removing any tooth material aside from minor etching.
Not as Stain-Resistant. Composite resin doesn’t resist stains like porcelain veneers or crowns do.
This pitfall of dental bonding is that the material often used to create the bond isn’t particularly resistant to stains. Composite resin is more porous than tooth enamel or porcelain, so it absorbs a deep-colored food more easily. If you’re a regular coffee or red-wine drinker, for example, you might notice the bonded tooth discolors more quickly and noticeably than your natural teeth. Limiting coffee, wine and similar foods and drinks is therefore the easiest way to avoid staining the bonding resin. Of course, you don’t need to give up coffee or wine entirely; an equally effective option is to practice good oral care.
Cracking and chipping.
Since the bond is small, it can easily crack if you use your bonded tooth to bite a non-food item. Also use caution if you grind your teeth or eat hard foods because these can cause damage.
In some rare cases, the entire bond detaches from the treated tooth because of trauma, impact and strong biting force. If this occurs, dentists can place a new filling or bond.
If used on big surfaces, the bond is more likely to crack or deform. This is why dentists do not recommend dental bonding for big problems like multiple lost teeth, large fractures that expose the pulp or as caps for root canal treated teeth.
Not as Durable.
The material used in teeth bonding is made of a special type of plastic called composite resin. It’s a strong material, but the resin isn’t as durable as your natural tooth enamel, nor is it as hardy as the porcelain used in veneers or dental crowns. When you receive a dental bond, you’ll need to be particularly careful about eating and biting down on hard foods to avoid chipping or breaking the bond. If the edge of the bonded teeth feels rough or jagged, or if you notice any unevenness when you bite, it’s a good idea to call your dentist and have him or her take a look at the treated tooth. He or she may need to file down the bond or replace it altogether.
Keep in mind because teeth bonding isn’t as resilient as its alternatives, it usually has a shorter shelf life as well. You can expect a bond to last anywhere from three to seven years. How well you take care of your teeth and gums alongside your regular lifestyle habits play a big part in determining the life of the bond.
Other Options to Consider
Any of these teeth bonding disadvantages can be a deal-breaker. If you find that the drawbacks of dental bonding do outweigh the positives, you can always consider other options. A dental crown or Porcelain Veneer is a great choice in the event that a broken tooth needs to be fully restored, or if a tooth has a cavity that is too large to correct with a filling. Your main concern may even be correcting discolored teeth or changing the shape or alignment of slightly crooked teeth, in which case veneers are also a good solution. Veneers are typically made of porcelain and are attached to the front of your teeth.
Choosing between dental bonding and other restorative options is often a matter of cost and convenience. Whereas bonding is more delicate than a crown or set of veneers, it’s also a lot of less expensive. You typically need just a single appointment for bonding, and the process usually takes less than one hour per tooth. In contrast, veneers and crowns cost more upfront and often require multiple trips to the dentist. The trade-off is that they will withstand stains and hard objects much more easily, allowing them to last a lot longer than your typical composite resin.
Dental bonding is more prone to staining and chipping unlike other treatments. That is why basic aftercare is needed so you can keep your bonded teeth looking natural and glossy. Here are some tips to keep your bonded teeth in good condition:
Brushing – Brush your teeth in the morning and once at night. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to guarantee that your teeth are properly cleaned.
Flossing – when you floss your teeth, bring the floss up to the gum line and completely remove all plaque before you proceed to the next tooth.
Drinking water after every meal – when you drink water after meals, you keep your mouth clean and healthy as water will help flush out food debris and lessen acidity levels in your mouth.
Things that stain teeth – use of tobacco products like chewing tobacco or cigarettes causes yellow stains on your natural teeth and bonded teeth. Foods and drinks such as tea, red wine, juices coffee, and candies with artificial colouring can also stain the teeth. If you smoke, this is a good reason to quit. If you often drink red wine, coffee or other foods with dark colours, cut down on these types of foods.
Habits that wear down the composite resin – biting on fingernails or pens and on other objects can wear down the bonding material and enamel over time. The composite resin can easily chip, so it’s best to avoid such activities.
Before you decide on bonding, be sure to choose a dentist who is experienced with the procedure, as dental bonding requires some artistic skill to get optimal cosmetic results. Feel free to ask for “before and after” images of previous patients of your dentist who have undergone dental bonding
If you notice any sharp edges on your bonded teeth or if they feel strange when you bite down, call your dentist. Bonded teeth can be repaired or reworked if necessary.
The bonding treatment is not suitable in every situation but it can be a quick, painless and affordable way to enhance your smile. When you feel good about the appearance of your teeth, it can help you maintain good oral health and focus on keeping your mouth overall healthy.
For Dental Bonding and Composite Veneer Treatment,Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne 9629-7664, for all your General & Cosmetic Dentistry treatment in Melbourne